Foreign Office issues safety warning to holidaymakers in Turkey

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By Lisa James
17/01/2023
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The UK Foreign Office has updated advice to people travelling to Turkey this summer, warning of reports of sexual assaults on Brits in resorts, including attacks on children.

The FCDO’s updated advice says: “In 2022, 51 cases of sexual assault, including rape, were reported to British consular staff in Turkey.

“Most of these cases occurred during the summer holiday period in coastal tourist areas.

“Many were committed at night by someone the victim met during the day.”

The FCDO advice adds: “There have also been sexual attacks on minors visiting toilet facilities alone. You should be extra vigilant in these situations.”

Holidaymakers have also been warned of an increase in thefts from rented villas.

The FCDO advice says: “Passports have been stolen from rented villas, even when they have been kept in the villa safe.

“This is a particular problem in Didim, Kas, Kalkan and the Fethiye/Hisaronu/Ovacik areas.”

The Foreign Office says crime levels are ‘generally low’, but adds that  street robbery and pick-pocketing are common in the major tourist areas of Istanbul.

Brits are warned to ‘maintain at least the same level of personal security awareness as in the UK’, ‘buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times so they are not spiked’ and ‘be wary of strangers’.

Holidaymakers are also warned to travel by registered yellow taxi, ‘make a note of the registration number before getting in’ and never accept lifts from strangers.

There’s also a warning over counterfeit alcohol.

The FCDO advice concludes: “If you have any concerns, seek advice from your tour operator or the Turkish authorities.”

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